Jeff Ruch

Jeff Ruch was the Executive Director of PEER from 1997-2019 and now serves as Director of Pacific PEER, headquartered in California. Prior to that Jeff was the Policy Director and a staff attorney at the Government Accountability Project representing whistleblowers from both the public and private sector. Before coming to DC, Jeff worked in California state government for 17 years, mostly in the State Legislature as counsel to various committees where he drafted literally hundreds of laws on topics ranging from energy conservation to the rights of employed inventors. Jeff served stints as a deputy district attorney, an appellate court clerk and is a graduate of the California Correctional Officers Academy.

Statement | Ten Steps to Ensure that Proper Leaders Run the Department of the Interior

by Peter Jenkins | December 22, 2020
A guide for the Biden administration to avoid repeating the Trump administration's unlawful actions in making appointments in the Interior Department ...

PEERMail | “Advice and Consent” Is the Law

by Tim Whitehouse | October 1, 2020
Secretary Bernhardt continues his carousel of illegal appointments with new de facto NPS Director Margaret Emerson ...

Park Service Chief’s Appointment As Illegal As Pendley’s  

Lawsuit Progresses Toward Removing “De Facto” Park Service Director ...

PEERMail | BLM Must Embrace Climate Solutions

by Tim Whitehouse | September 15, 2020
Bureau of Land Management must confront climate change effects as a central element of its mission, as PEER presents in a 2021 action plan ...

Beyond 2020: Bureau of Land Management

by Jeff Ruch | September 14, 2020
Conflicted leadership, loss of institutional knowledge, and marginalization of staff have left the Bureau of Land Management less capable than ever ...